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China’s National People’s Congress introduced the draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law on July 1, 2014 and is now available for public comment.

The Food Safety Law covers the overall food safety of China including regulations that oversee the dietary supplement industry, which is of great interest to the association and the global supplement industry.

All indicators have been pointing to China as a market with huge potential to be the largest market for dietary supplements and nutritional food ingredients. Here’s a list of some of those positive signs:

  1. China has the largest consumer base in the world.
  1. The Ministry of Health has been moving the healthcare system towards a more preventative system in which supplements are certainly a part of.
  1. China has been encouraging the move from an export driven economy to a consumption based one. Dietary supplements are consumer goods and fit nicely with increasing domestic consumption.
  1. Chinese are among the most health conscious people in the world. With centuries of natural based therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage, herbal / food therapy ingrained in their culture.

Unfortunately, the regulations have been keeping the industry at bay and have essentially been stalling the explosive growth of the industry that one would expect.

USCHPA is happy to report that China’s National People’s Congress has heard the plea for change from organizations, industry and consumers. It is time that the industry moves forwards and gives Chinese consumers the same access to dietary supplements that the U.S. and other countries offer its citizens.

The USCHPA team is currently reviewing the entirety of the Food Safety Law and will be making comments.  At this early time, what we can report is that the new law has a notification amendment, which will allow certain supplements to simply record their products with China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). To see a translation of articles 65 and 66, which discusses health food (dietary supplements) CLICK HERE.

This is a great move in the right direction. USCHPA will continue to share information and suggestions with China’s State Council, CFDA and other related government agencies to encourage the continued development of the dietary supplement industry.

Stay tuned for more information that will surely come forward as industry makes its positions known in regard to the newly proposed Food Safety Law. Commenting is open until July 31, 2014.

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